Patient Cut From Transplant List Dies In Arizona

By: Rob Adams
Staff Writer
Published: Jan 6, 2021

Patient cut from transplant list dies in Arizona. A patient who was cut from a liver transplant list dies from Arizona state cuts. Between 95 and 100 people who were waiting in Arizona were affected by the changes in state medical funding.

The death was "most likely" due to the defunding of certain organ transplants that had been previously covered by the state's Medicaid program, said University of Arizona Surgery Department spokeswoman Jo Marie Gellerman.

She could not release any further information about the patient, who was taken off the waiting list Oct. 1 when Arizona stopped paying for certain organ transplants for patients covered by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System due to state cuts.

The incoming minority leader of the state Senate, Democrat David Schapira of Tempe, has prefiled proposed legislation to restore the coverage this legislative session.

"It's time to put politics aside and restore the transplant funding," Schapira said Wednesday in a prepared statement. "Failure to restore this funding is a death sentence for people who have committed no crimes."